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also car·a·cul  (kăr′ə-kəl)
1. Any of a breed of Central Asian sheep having a wide tail and wool that is curled, glossy, and usually black in the young but brownish or grayish in adults.
2. The pelt of a newborn or sometimes fetal karakul lamb, used for clothing.
3. Wool from a karakul sheep, used for carpet yarn and felting. In all senses also called astrakhan.

[After Karakul, a lake of eastern Tajikistan.]
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(ˈkærəkəl) or


1. (Breeds) a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
2. (Textiles) the fur prepared from these lambs
[C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated]
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or car•a•cul

(ˈkær ə kəl)

any of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised esp. for lambskins used in the fur industry. Compare broadtail, Persian lamb.
[1850–55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred]
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Noun1.Karakul - hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asiakarakul - hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia; lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur
domestic sheep, Ovis aries - any of various breeds raised for wool or edible meat or skin
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